Darden Restaurants, Inc. is an American multi-brand restaurant operator headquartered in Orlando. As of April 2017, the firm owns two fine dining restaurant chains: Eddie V's Prime Seafood and The Capital Grille; and six casual dining restaurant chains: Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, Yard House and Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen. Until July 28, 2014, Darden also owned Red Lobster. Darden has more than 1,500 restaurant locations and more than 150,000 employees, making it the world's largest full-service restaurant company. As of 2018, Darden is the only Fortune 500 company with its corporate headquarters in Greater Orlando.
A former employee had this to say, "Terrible company work life balance is terrible Communication from corporate untimely. No room for creativity or other systems Pure corporate and no individuality of managing Wrote more statements then actually getting anything so wrong. Management come and go thru these places, and very hard to get consistant structure and everyone on the same page. Lazy servers who don’t chip in without pulling teeth. Darden cut back bussers and bartenders money into a tip share program which has cut their pay in half, especially when they’ve been working there for many years. District Managers always rude and puts employees on the spot, and don’t know how to talk to them."